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The Taboo of Subjectivity: Towards a New Science of Consciousness

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This book takes a bold new look at ways of exploring the nature, origins, and potentials of consciousness within the context of science and religion. Alan Wallace draws careful distinctions between four elements of the scientific tradition: science itself, scientific realism, scientific materialism, and scientism. Arguing that the metaphysical doctrine of scientific ...more
Paperback, 218 pages
Published February 12th 2004 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 2000)
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Michael Fogleman
This is a very good book that was recommended to me by a meditator at the Center for Mindful Learning. This meditator is a student of both Alan Wallace (the book’s author) and Shinzen Young (my meditation teacher).

Wallace’s thesis seems to be that scientific materialism allows for a religious worldview; that the metaphysical principles underlying scientific materialism create a duality between objectivity and subjectivity, where subjectivity is “taboo”; a principled study of subjectivity, using
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Apr 03, 2016 Gerardo rated it it was amazing
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The Taboo of Subjectivity is Alan Wallace's colossal take on scientific materialism and its opposition to any study of the mind from a first-person perspective.
Throughout its pages, Wallace points out the basic metaphysical assumptions of scientific materialism, aswell as drawing very clearly the difference between this way of seeing the world and what true scientific inquiry is. Moreover, he uncovers the historical origins of this materialistic bias, showing how and where was
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Feb 08, 2016 Walter rated it really liked it
Very interesting and engaging, if not a little difficult (quite difficult) to understand. If you are planning to read this, read with an open mind, as it may challenge you to question things you have always considered as certain. I would love if it were a bit more accessible, but it certainly is interesting.
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